Myanmar army drops charges against six journalists

Myanmar journalists display banners as they protest against detention of journalists in Yangon, Myanmar, June 30, 2017. (AP Photo)

YANGON -- Myanmar's military on Friday dropped charges against six journalists facing trial on offences ranging from defamation to unlawful association, saying it wanted to work with the media in the interests of the country and its people.

The legal action had sparked fears over curbs on free speech during Myanmar's transition from decades of military rule, under a government led by Nobel Peace Prize winner Suu Kyi, following a landmark 2015 election win.

The military decided to "forgive and drop charges" against the media in an effort to "work together for the interest of the citizens and the country", it said in a statement.

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